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Human Genome Quarterly, Summer 1989; 1(2)

Instrumentation Concepts and Technologies Being Surveyed

Willana Consultants, Cheshire, U.K., is conducting an international survey of instrumentation technologies and methodologies being used for DNA (mapping and sequencing) of the human genome. Sponsored by the Human Genome Management Information System (HGMIS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the survey will:

  • provide an update on the concepts and technologies being employed in DNA sequencing and on their potential application and
  • determine what innovative improvements and new concepts are needed to speed up and optimize the mapping and sequencing of complex genomes.

The results of the study will be published in the spring of 1990 as a technical report and will be available from the HGMIS.

Willana Consultants' William J. Martin and Paul F. G. Sims, who are conducting the survey, invite scientists and engineers to submit relevant material to them by September 30, 1989. Acknowledgement for information received and incorporated into the text will accompany the appropriate material in the report.

Concepts and technologies being surveyed for study include:

  • innovative, high-risk concepts for DNA sequencing;
  • prospects for linking various devices to form integrated systems;
  • potential usefulness of existing systems not currently employed in extensive DNA sequencing;
  • challenges associated with scale-up of existing systems;
  • instrumental methods of biotechnology data-capture;
  • biomaterial manipulation; and
  • macromolecule separation science.

For more information, please contact Betty Mansfield at HGMIS or Willana Consultants. Please submit material for the technical report to:

  • Dr. William J. Martin
    Willana Consultants
    4 Derbyshire Road, Sale
    Cheshire M33 3EA U.K.
    Phone: 011-44-61-200-4226
    FAX: 011-44-61-236-0409


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